A recipe for radiant skin

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

A recipe for radiant skinAs a powerful antioxidant, lycopene has been shown in scientific studies to be twice as effective as beta-carotene and 100 times more powerful than vitamin E at combating free radical damage.

Lycopene belongs to the family of plant pigments called carotenoids whose primary role is to protect plants against the harmful effects of UV light. Nature provides our skin with a natural sun-defense mechanism in the form of melanin. Fruit and vegetables develop their colour in the same way and are rich sources of antioxidants. Lycopene – a dark red pigment – is found in watermelon, pink grapefruit, guavas, apricots and tomatoes.

Lycopene is used in Imedeen’s Time Perfection and Prime Renewal tablets, and the team at Imedeen have sent us the perfect recipe for radiant skin…


1 tablespoon caster sugar
½ lime
140g beefsteak tomatoes
2 sheets of gelatin
4g Agar agar
1200g tomatoes
2 Breton lobsters
2 spring onions
¼ bunch of lemon balm
10g sunblush tomato puree
50g red onion
2 drops of Tabasco sauce
175g soy milk
15g olive oil
100g small fava beans
10g tomato concentrate
2 sticks of lemongrass
50ml rice wine vinegar
2l water
freshly ground salt and pepper
1 glass of dry white wine


Tomato emulsion

Sweat red onion for one minute, add diced tomatoes and bring to the boil. Cook for one minute. Add sunblush tomato puree, salted lemon, tomato concentrate, Tabasco sauce, soy milk and olive oil. Season and mix in blender; then pass through a chinois or fine mesh sieve to strain.

Tomato aspic

Boil tomatoes to separate the juice. Save juice from the tomatoes, add agar agar and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, pat dry gelatin sheets and add. Spread a fine layer on a plate and leave to set. Cut into rounds using a 4cm diameter biscuit cutter once set. Meanwhile, bring water, white wine, caster sugar, rice wine vinegar, lemongrass, salt and pepper to a boil. Cook lobster tails for 4 minutes and claws for 6 minutes. Remove meat from shells and cut into medallions. Place lobster pieces on plate covered with a damp absorbent cloth.

Serving directions:

Warm tomato emulsion and blend until frothy. On each plate put a circle of tomato tartare then top with a layer of tomato aspic followed by the lobster medallion. Top with a bunch of fresh herbs and drizzle with tomato emulsion.

This mouth watering recipe bursting with beauty super foods and nutrients has been created exclusively for IMEDEEN by Guy Martin, award-winning chef at the celebrated Grand Vefour, Paris, now running exclusive cooking classes at his own Atelier, 35 rue de Miromesnil, 75008, Paris. Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 66 30 88.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Sue1N

    Sounds amazing, but pricey! A few cheaper options would be great!

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    That is a lot of ingredients. I wonder if anyone has tried it?

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Sounds delicious – will have to try it

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    hmmm sounds good..need radiant looking skin..

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    wow this recipe has a lot of ingridients

    7 years ago •

  1. Hansen

    OMG, I see red in my kitchen, my wife will go tomatoe crazy after reading THIS!!! Must I get jealous or ???

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    It’s not the apple but actually the tomato that keeps the doctor away!

    7 years ago •

  1. wyona

    Luckily i love my tomatoes, any shape will do just fine great article.

    7 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Tomatoes are also useful for blackheads treatment. The trick, puree tomato and mix with honey. Spread the mixture on the face you and leave for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Unlike other vegetables, tomato content is not reduced when cooked. Conversely, even suggested that tomatoes processing first. Substances containing in tomatoes is useful for destroying free radicals when cooked.

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    must grab few extra tomatoes next time i go shopping:)

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Shew, that’s quite a list!!!! Interesting read though…..

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    Gonna try this as soon as I get home!

    7 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Wow, tomatoes have so many amazing benefits…

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Nice recipe,but seems a bit time consuming

    7 years ago •

  1. Crystal

    quite a procedure to make…………

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Too much work! Ha-ha! Will stick to my tomatoes :)

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    This receipe has many ingridients, will just stick to eating watermelon and tomatoes

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    So my mother and grand mother were right, insisting and forcing us to eat tomatoes?? because its good for the skin,so it wasnt just an old belief.

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Interesting, but would adding two to three tomatoes to your daily intake not be easier?

    7 years ago •

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